We are working towards becoming the leading professional body for Cosmetic Nurses of New Zealand. We endeavour to support nurses to deliver high quality services to the public safely and ethically, providing education and training pathways, advocacy, and support for our members.
CANN and Patient Safety
Regulation of the Cosmetic Industry
The cosmetic industry in New Zealand is not regulated and as such any person can offer dermal filler treatments.
Under the current arrangements of non-regulation we strongly advise the following for members of the public seeking cosmetic treatments:
1. Go to a recognised medical professional who is able to show you that they are a member of a ‘Governing Body’ that regulates their behaviour via an agreed Code of Conduct – examples would be the New Zealand Medical Council, the New Zealand Nursing Council and the Dental Council.
2. Identify practitioners in your area that operate under the CANN Code of Conduct and are qualified and registered nurses. Conversely, see NZSCM, the official organisation for Cosmetic doctors, or a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist.
3. Ask for proof of registration, and for patient recommendations where available.
CANN – Key Current Functions:
• To act as an expert resource for its membership
• To provide guidance on best practice to ensure safe and ethical practice by its nurses
• To direct Continuous Professional Development for members
• To give members access to information on all aspects of the cosmetic sector, business support, training, conferences, and research
• To facilitate networking, guidance, and support for members and inform and educate the public/media
• To facilitate networking
• To influence policy making at the highest level
Key Underpinning Statements:
• We will continue to promote the highest standards of professional and cosmetic practice standards for nurses in line with those required by the Nursing Council of New Zealand and other standard setting bodies.
• We will continue to provide high level advice and policy guidance in relation to key issues affecting our members, including education, training, standards, and Codes of Practice.
• We will promote and clarify the agreed standards for conduct, ethics, proficiency, education and training, and continuing professional development, as set by all statutory bodies.
• We will hold members accountable to their professional standards and those standards set by CANN for Membership and deal fairly and proportionally with complaints and concerns.
• We will strive to deliver a range of member services that will reflect our growing and changing membership structure.
• We will enhance our presence and profile to attract potential new members, retain our current membership, and to influence key decision makers in the sector.
• We will seek to be a key port of call for the media when seeking responses on issues regarding nurses and cosmetic treatments.
• We will work to maximise benefits to the Society and its members.
• We will build on our current financial strategy to ensure the future sustainability of the Society.
• We will operate in a way that reflects the terms of our constitution as well as principles of best practice in governance of professional societies.